Centre stage for Deeside youngsters

Kincardine O'Neil pupils at the exhiibition at Banchory branch of Legion Scotland
Kincardine O'Neil pupils at the exhiibition at Banchory branch of Legion Scotland

Pupils at a small Deeside primary are glowing with pride after featuring in a nationwide exhibition.

Kincardine O’Neil was one of only nine schools chosen for a touring display with the theme of life on board a WW1 battleship.

It is so gratifying to see young people get involved in these type of events

Alistair Black Banchory Branch Chairman

And recently the exhibition, organised by Legion Scotland as part of its annual primary school competition, visited the Legion’s Banchory branch.

Pupils were invited to produce a newspaper article for the competition, “Stories of Sea: Hold the Front Page”, marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the biggest naval battle of World War I.

Kincardine O’Neil youngsters from P6 and P7 reported on the destruction of HMS Hampshire off the west coast of Scapa Flow.

The ship, which had returned from the Battle of Jutland, was on its way to Russia on a diplomatic mission in June, 1916, when it was believed to have been sunk by a mine laid by a German submarine.

Competition entries were on show for five days at the Legion Scotland club in Banchory’s Ramsay Road and Kincardine O’Neil pupils paid a visit on the final day, entertaining members with a medley of WW1 songs and then chatting to the veterans.

Head teacher Frances Ridley said they were honoured to be invited to the Legion to celebrate their success as finalists in the competition.

She added: “Senior pupils successfully researched historical facts and investigated locally through community links for the competition.

“The children were delighted to have the opportunity to meet a group of veterans who shared some of their experiences during their service to the country in locations all over the world.”

P7 pupil Maisie Stanton added: “It was an amazing learning experience to find out about WW1 Life at Sea, looking back at old newspaper records and talking to community members

“It was fantastic to be welcomed to the celebration in Banchory.”

Banchory branch chairman Alistair Black said: “We wanted to show our appreciation for their excellent submission and give them a huge vote of thanks for the hard work they put into it.

“It is so gratifying to see young people get involved in these type of events.”

Kevin Gray, Legion Scotland CEO, said: “We have run our school competition for three years, and each year we are bowled over by the high calibre of entries.

“It is only fitting that the top submissions should then be taken on tour.”